Stéphane Dion

Our Cabinet Ministers

In the spirit if providing important information and also of goofing off when I should be doing housework, I present our new cabinet, grouped according to completely subjective categories regarding their particular brand of attractiveness.

Badass Broad Squad

  • Hon. Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue
  • Hon. Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs
  • Hon. MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
  • Hon. Patty Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women

Cheeks Of A Cherub

  • Hon. Maryam Monsef, Minister of Democratic Institutions
  • Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
  • Hon. Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance
  • Hon. Jane Philpott, Minister of Health

I’m Too Hot (Hot Damn)

  • Hon. Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism
  • Hon. Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
  • Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
  • Hon. Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

Nerdalicious

  • Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
  • Hon. Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Hon. Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science
  • Hon. Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport

Grey Gold

  • Hon. John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
  • Hon. Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources
  • Hon. Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
  • Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Make A Dragon Wanna Retire, Man

  • Hon. Dominic LeBlanc, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
  • Hon. Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade
  • Hon. Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence
  • Hon. Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

Simply Smoochable

  • Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
  • Hon. Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board
  • Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie
  • Hon. Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement

Heroic Hotties

  • Hon. Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities
  • Hon. Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

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Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, 23rd Prime Minister of Canada, Minister of Youth and Intergovernmental Affairs

theguardian.com
Canadian government 'lied' over $12bn arms sale to Saudi Arabia
The Liberals’ claim they could not have cancelled the deal has been hotly disputed

Canada’s Liberal government has refused to back down in the face of growing criticism for having approved arms sales to Saudi Arabia that could help it wage war in Yemen.

A previous Conservative administration announced the US$12bn sale of light armoured vehicles in February 2014.

However, the Conservatives are now raising the alarm over the arms sale – believed to be the largest in Canadian history – while the New Democratic Party (NDP) accused the Liberals of misleading Canadians.

The Liberals have refused to cancel the sale since coming to power in November, saying it was a “done deal” that could not be broken off without possibly incurring significant penalties and job losses.

But documents released this week by the justice department in response to a lawsuit seeking to block the deal showed foreign minister Stéphane Dion signed crucial export permits only last Friday.

Canadian media published excerpts saying Dion was advised that the sale of the vehicles equipped with machine guns and anti-tank weapons would help Riyadh in its efforts at “countering instability in Yemen” and fighting the Islamic State.

In a retort to critics, Dion said Wednesday that similar weapons systems sold to Saudi Arabia since 1993 had been used responsibly.

“The best and updated information indicates that Saudi Arabia has not misused the equipment to violate human rights,” he told reporters. “Nor has the equipment been used in a manner contrary to the strategic interests of Canada and its allies.”

But Conservative MP Tony Clement said Canada’s export controls do not require firm evidence of breaches, only an assessment of a risk of abuse.

“If the preponderance of the evidence is that it could be used against civilian populations… then the deal has to be off,” he said.

NDP leader Thomas Mulcair joined the fray saying: “The government lied to Canadians about who signed what when in the Saudi arms deal, and that is a very serious matter.”

Fighting in Yemen has killed almost 6,300 people, half of them civilians, since Saudi Arabia launched its controversial intervention against Iranian-backed Huthi rebels in March last year, the World Health Organisation has said.